The SABAW Scholarship Program, established in 2006, is focused on helping South Asian law students and practitioners achieve their dreams and serves as a means for the greater legal community to support the activities of SABAW’s members. The Program awards three categories of scholarships: Student Stipends, Public Interest Scholarships, and Scholarships to attend the NASABA Annual Convention. Additionally, SABAW has provided grants to non-profits serving the South Asian community, including API Chaya. In just the last four years, SABAW has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to various recipients who have done some truly remarkable things in support of SABAW’s and NASABA’s missions.

For more information on our scholarship program, please send us a message.

SABAW 2016 Public Interest Law, Student Scholarship

This year, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student working on a discrete public interest law project or doing a summer/fall 2016 public interest law internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community in Washington. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to by May 16th, 2016.

This year’s scholarship recipient will be expected to attend the annual SABAW reception, to be held in the fall of 2016, as a guest of SABAW. The scholarship recipient will also be expected to write a brief piece describing their work for the SABAW monthly newsletter.

SABA NA Convention Travel Scholarships

SABAW is pleased to be able to offer a scholarship award of $1000 to an individual SABAW member (law student, non-profit or solo practice lawyer) who is paying his or her own costs to attend the SABA North America’s 13th Annual Convention, being held on May 12-15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Prior to disbursement of the Scholarship, SABAW reserves the right to request receipts detailing (1) registration fees; (2) travel expenditures and (3) lodging expenses.

To apply, please submit your name, association, list of prior SABA NA Conventions attended (if applicable) along with a short essay expressing interest to by April 1, 2016.

IMPORTANT: Although applications for SABAW’s scholarship award will be accepted until April 1, early bird registration for the Convention (ending on March 15th) is encouraged.

Additionally, please know that SABA North America is offering its own separate scholarship of up to $500 for a member from each Chapter. The Scholarship will be available to one member per Chapter who is paying their own costs to attend the Convention. If more than one member of a Chapter apples for the Scholarship, SABA North America will determine which applicant will receive the scholarship based upon demonstrated need and other facts detailed in the application.

For more information on the Convention, SABA North America’s offer of scholarship award, and registration, please see



Sponsored By:  South Asian Bar Association of Washington

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington has put forth a $5,000 grant to a law firm (“firm”) or non-profit organization (“organization”) who is interested in promoting and encouraging diversity in the legal profession. SABAW’s goal through this fellowship is to encourage firms and organizations to recruit, retain and advance minority attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of your firm or organization and the legal profession. The grant will be awarded to the attorney/law student directly.

If your firm or organization fits the below criteria and is interested in participating in the Minority Legal Fellowship sponsored by SABAW, please proceed to answer the below questions. Applications for the grant must include responses to questions 1-4 below and should be submitted to by May 31st, 2016.  SABAW would announce the recipient of the Grant by June 15th, 2016.

    Fellowship Requirements:

  • Fellowship awardee cannot be the recipient of a pending offer from your firm or organization.
  • Fellowship awardee can include a law student, recent law graduate, or individuals who are currently seeking employment or other forms of legal experience.
  • A representative from the firm or organization and the fellowship awardee must be willing to attend and be recognized at the South Asian Bar Association Annual Banquet scheduled in October 2016.
  • The firm or organization and the Minority Legal Fellowship awardee will be profiled in the SABAW monthly newsletter and highlighted on its website.
    Firm/Organization Criteria:

  • Your firms must have no more than five full time lawyers on staff. This criterion does not apply to organizations.

  • How do you believe your firm’s or organization’s participation in the Minority Legal Fellowship program will benefit your work culture and the greater legal community?
  • In the Greater Seattle legal community, what do you believe to be the greatest hurdle for minorities entering the legal job market?
  • What specific characteristics would you look for in a prospective applicant to the Minority Legal Fellowship?
  • Please provide us with a copy of a job description or student fellowship application, including lists of types of projects and responsibilities, and duration of the job/student fellowship.
  • Please provide the name, resume and contact information of the awardee candidate in your application package.  If selected, the firm or organization and individual awardee will be featured on our website and in our newsletter.

For questions and more information, please contact SABAW at

Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients from the past!
Public Interest Scholarship

Priya Rai, University of Washington School of Law

Student Stipend

Shubhdeep Toor, Seattle University School of Law

NASABA Scholarship

Shankar Narayan, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
Preet Bassi, Preet Bassi Law
Shermin Lakha, Seattle University School of Law